Current Updates and News Coverage:
Good Samaritan now has a way for you to show appreciation to our staff
on the frontline of this Covid-19 pandemic! A wish list through Amazon
has been established to stock a Comfort Cart. Through this Comfort Cart
wish list you will be able to buy items to be shipped directly to Good
Samaritan to stock the cart. Our frontline staff will then have the opportunity
to grab items from the cart to brighten their day! Click
here to see WTHI's coverage of this story.
We knew that it was inevitable for Knox County to have confirmed cases
of COVID-19. To help keep our community informed of the testing and respiratory
illness cases Good Samaritan is seeing, we have decided to share a By
the Numbers dashboard on our coronavirus webpage. This dashboard will
be updated daily. It is important to know that the confirmed cases are
based on the patient's county of residence and not the location where
they were tested.
Again, we ask our community to please take the "shelter in place"
order by Governor Holcomb seriously. We must all work together (apart)
to stop the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, it is
very important for you to still stay home, or if you must go out in public
for work or essential duties, please maintain social distancing.
Grow Up with Good Samaritan COVID-19 Alert:
In order to best protect our CPST staff and to comply with visitor restrictions,
we are unfortunately ceasing scheduled car seat installs at this time.
Parents and guardians that have met Grow Up with Good Samaritan requirements
and are needing a replacement car seat for a child who has outgrown their
infant seat may call 812-885-3369 for a next stage convertible car seat.
It will be verified at the time of call that parents are compliant with
the Grow Up with Good Samaritan program. Upon verification, a staff member
will come outside of the hospital to present the new boxed car seat. Social
distancing will be observed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a health advisory
for severe illness associated with using non-pharmaceutical chloroquine
phosphate to prevent and treat coronavirus disease. Click
here to read the full advisory.
Good Samaritan Marketing & PR Director, Tiffany Conover, gave an update
on Good Samaritan's COVID-19 response on Newscenter 22. Click
here to view the story.
Good Samaritan Encourages Tele-Health Usage During COVID-19 Pandemic. Click
here to view WTHI's interview with Adam Thacker, Chief Operating Officer.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General
is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus
here to learn more about this fraud alert and how to protect yourself. And
please share this info with family members.
- Good Samaritan opened a Suspected Respiratory Illness Drive-Thru Triage
Clinic at the Convenient Care Clinic, 1813 Willow Street. Those with respiratory
illness are asked to call 812-885-3331 before arriving at the clinic.
Hours are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Patients with a non-respiratory acute care need who wish to seek walk-in
care, can go to the Medical Center of Vincennes, 406 N. First Street.
Patients can all 812-882-1106 for more information. Hours are Monday -
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Samaritan Center is beginning to call behavioral health patients to schedule
- The Coumadin Clinic will be moving to the Welch Diabetes Education Center,
615 Dubois Street, temporarily. The Coumadin Clinic will begin seeing
patients at the new location on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Patients are
asked to enter the parking lot from 6th Street.
- The Emergency Department has set up a triage tent at the entrance to the
Emergency Department. All Emergency Department patients are asked to stop
at the triage tent before entering the building.
- The Good Samaritan Employee Fitness Center is now closed until further notice.
Health experts from across the Wabash Valley joined Mike Tank and Dana
Winklepleck at WTWO in the studio to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic
and how it is impacting area communities. The expert panel consisted of
Mark Keilman, director of quality and infection control at Union Hospital;
Nathan Vooys, chief executive officer at Regional Hospital; Dr. Edward
Rico, chief of medical staff at Horizon Health in Paris, Ill.; Adam Thacker,
chief operating officer at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes; Dr. Dorene
Hojnicki, Vigo County EMA director; and Roni Elder, health educator for
the Vigo County Health Department. Click
here to watch.
The only open entrances to Good Samaritan are:
- Good Samaritan is under a no visitor policy. Exceptions will be made for
one visitor in the following areas: Outpatient Surgery and Inpatient Surgery
(Before Surgery, day of surgery only); Patients without mental capacity
to answer questions or make decisions; End-of-life discussions and visitations;
Pediatric patients - 1 parent or guardian; Laboring Mother, 1 laboring
partner for entire stay; Behavioral Health at Discharge for Treatment Plan.
- Any approved visitor that meets exception criteria must be 18 years of
age or older.
Every visitor and outpatient who enters the hospital will have to complete
a health screening assessment.
CLICK HERE to download the Visitor Screening Form.
- Valet service will be suspended until further notice, however, the shuttle
will still be in operation to assist patients to the building from the
- Community Health Services screenings have been suspended until further notice.
- All community support groups and community meetings have been suspended
until further notice.
Services that have been postponed:
Effective March 17, all elective and non-urgent surgical procedures will
be postponed until further notice. This includes surgery, endoscopy, cardiology
and radiology. Good Samaritan surgical scheduling will be directly contacting
those patients whom were scheduled to undergo a procedure.
- Elective surgeries/procedures
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Screening Colonoscopy
- Screening Mammogram
- Valet (a shuttle is still available to offer rides to patients from the